Experienced Art Thieves know that the best way to draw a complex shape is to break it down into simple ones. We do that today with this beautiful violin. Don't let those elegant curves fool you. They are constructed of common ovals that you can easily draw. The tricky part is getting them to align on a center line - so don't forget to start your drawing with a vertical guideline.
This pouncing tiger combines several drawing lessons. You'll notice that we use perspective by observing how much larger the front feet are compared to the back ones. We also use chiaroscuro - a dramatic lighting technique where deep shadows obscure some of the detail.
The Daily News engages its youngest readers each summer with “The Art Thief,” in which kids can “steal” drawing tips from a professional artist.
A how-to-draw graphic is published weekly and the young artists submit their renditions for prizes. Each child receives a personal response and is invited, along with a parent or guardian, to an end-of-summer art show and ice-cream social.
“The Art Thief” not only builds a community between our paper and young readers, but its lessons are authentic. Children learn topics such as how light falls on a sphere, anatomy, perspective and much more.